Female reporter hacked to death in southern Nepal

Published on IHT.com, by Assoc. Press, January 12, 2009.

… Uma Singh was attacked at her apartment Sunday night in Janakpur, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) southeast of the Nepalese capital Katmandu. She died from wounds after being hacked with sharp objects, government administrator Shambhu Koirala said. Police were investigating but no arrests had been made, Koirala said …

… Singh often reported on women’s rights issues in the area bordering India and campaigned against the dowry system where a bride’s parents are forced to give cash, jewelry and expensive gifts to the groom at the time of wedding. (full text).

More excerpts of articles:
… Uma Singh criticised the dowry system where a bride’s parents are forced to give cash, jewellery and expensive gifts to the groom at the time of wedding. She died from wounds after being hacked with sharp objects, said government administrator Shambhu Koirala, adding: “It was a gory incident” … (full text, January 12, 2009).

… Ms Singh was working in a part of the country where armed groups, many connected to an ethnic separatist movement, have proliferated in recent years. The Federation of Nepalese Journalists, an umbrella body for reporters, said it was sending a team to investigate her killing. The local office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights deplored the murder and called on the authorities to identify those responsible and bring them to justice … (full text).

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